Attorney charged with murder after running over man for throwing golf ball at his car – New York Post
An Atlanta-area attorney is charged with multiple counts of murder after he ran over a man who threw a golf ball at his Mercedes, police said.
Bryan Keith Schmitt, 47, was indicted on charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault over the death of Hamid Jahangard, 60, of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Schmitt claims Jahangard’s death was an accident, but cops say it was a brutal case of road rage, and the lawyer deliberately plowed his car into the real estate investor.
The incident unfolded the morning of July 30, when Schmitt says Jahangard threw a golf ball at his 2011 luxury sedan. Jahangard was standing near several trash cans at the end of a long driveway at one of his rental properties.
When he heard the ball hit the car, Schmitt says he made a U-turn to confront the man. He claims when he tried to pull into the driveway, Jahangard threw a trash can at the car, and when he swerved to miss it, he hit Jahangard.
The victim’s brother, who was on the phone with him when the confrontation took place, said he heard yelling and his brother saying, “I did not throw anything, get out my face, get out my face,” before the line went dead.
Cops found a golf ball at the scene but there was no damage to the Mercedes. Jahangard’s cell phone was lodged under the car’s windshield wiper, which cops found using at Schmitt’s house using a “find my phone” tracking device.
The Iranian-born investor sustained a massive skull fracture and died three days later in the hospital. Authorities said the extent of his injury — along with video from an air conditioning service van traveling being the Mercedes — led them to conclude Schmitt was driving much faster than he claims.